Sporting Reflections: Week 7/8
It has certainly been a busy time on the sports fields over the last ten days. Football against Eton saw some hotly-contested matches and some exciting football. The XI were defeated, although not without a fight, but the 2nd XI put in a super performance with an impressive win. It should not go without note that Ollie England has been selected for an England trial (CO L6) and we must congratulate him for this.
Various different rounds of National Cup competitions have taken place and the XV and JC’s rugby teams brought home resounding victories moving forward to the next stages. The U14 girls’ hockey have been battling hard, with two qualifying tournaments, beating Millfield in the semi-final, but losing to Clifton 1-0 in the final. This means that they proceed to the play-offs in January to see if they will progress to the England Hockey National Finals. Last weekend saw Club Day merge with a day of sport, celebrated with a tented village to add to the atmosphere and provide refreshments throughout the afternoon. It was wonderful to welcome the Malones (OM rugby team) back to play against the Old Radleians and it was without doubt an extremely moving moment as both teams lined up with the present XV and girls hockey XI for two minutes of silence and the Last Post played by Alex Arkwright. A fitting moment to remember the 749 Marlburians who lost their lives in the First World War.
The OMs played with skill and flair, bringing home a convincing victory and setting us up for a wonderful afternoon of sport. It certainly didn’t disappoint. The girls took on Millfield and after a thrilling start which saw the Marlborough 1st XI go 2-0 up, it was testament to the skill and tenacity of Millfield that saw them clinch victory at the end of the second half. The hockey across the board saw some terrific results and it was extremely rewarding for six teams to bring home victories. More recently, they also rose to the challenge dominating in a fixture against Bradfield, with only one loss throughout all the teams.
Likewise, in the rugby, the game for the XV was nail-biting right to the end. A superb game of rugby with skill and talent displayed by both sides, who were extremely evenly matched. However, lessons of resilience, pride, team spirit and integrity were learned that day, which summed up the reason we all invest so much in the value of team sports and what they can offer to all individuals at every level. As is always the case with the fixture against Radley, there were many hard-fought contests; it was physical and competitive. However, the result remains that Radley secured the overall contest and, hence took home ‘The Silk Cup’. We will have to wait until next year to return it to our display shelves!
There was no resting on their laurels, for the boys, however, as all ages ran out against Beechen Cliff School in their Thursday fixture. It was a skilful and focused performance from the 1st XV, shrugging off their disappointment of the previous weekend, they played some of their most disciplined and impressive rugby. Likewise, down through the different age groups, fixtures against Beechen Cliff, Magdalen School and Dauntsey’s saw some impressive and gritty performances.
Lacrosse has had a good series of fixtures with the 1st XII beating Malvern St James at the weekend and then St Swithun’s in the pre-exeat fixtures. The 2nd XII and U15s also brought home victories, much to their delight. The lacrosse programme continues to prosper and flourish with growing success. The netball girls at U16 and U18 had successful pre-tournament warm up games against St Mary’s Calne and we wish them the best of luck for their competitions over the exeat weekend. In Rackets, the Colts and Junior Colts continue to perform to a high standard and the Open pair pushed Haileybury to a four set match. Squash have been busy; victorious against Bryanston in the senior girls and U16 boys but then sadly losing to Wycliffe in the National Cup.
In shooting, 140 pupils in 34 teams from 16 schools competed in the Millfield Invitation Shoot at the Mendip Shooting Ground on Thursday 8th November. The Marlborough A team (Stratton, Henriques, Williams and Herrmann) were winners of the Flush competition with 67/80 and Sophie Herrmann (DA Sh) in her first outing for the college won the Ladies’ High Gun competition with 29/40, a score meant that she finished 3rd overall. Special mention should also be made of Ben Chetwood (C2 Hu, captain of the B team) for his 29/40 which meant he too finished 3rd overall! Yesterday also saw Marlborough hosting the Area Cross Country Trials and it was extremely satisfying to see Marlburians dominate, winning the junior girls (Kitty Marvin NC Sh), the Junior Boys (Archie Loweth BH Sh) and the Inter Girls (Tilly Norman MM Re).
Swimming have had a super week with victories throughout in a triangular with Cheltenham and St John’s and the water polo team gave the most thrilling round up for exeat with a 5-5 classic clash against Bradfield.
On Sunday, we hosted the Netball South West County Tournament with three Marlborough teams winning their rounds without dropping a match. Congratulations girls!
I trust everyone else had a restful exeat and thank all the staff who give selflessly of their time and energy in facilitating and supporting all the pupils in their sporting endeavours.
Director of Sport